Transforming Lives at Big Bend

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Headshots of the 10 Transforming Lives nominees of 2018

the 2018 Transforming Lives nominees.


MOSES LAKE — Big Bend Community College honored 10 of its own Thursday, celebrating both individual hard work and persistence against adversity as well as the college’s willingness and ability to help those who need help.

“It really does take people helping other to be successful in their journey,” said BBCC President Terrence Leas following the Transforming Lives banquet on Thursday.

Honored at the banquet were: Francisco Gomez-Rios, Tina Kihn-Thomas, Plasido Lindsey, Zenaida Lopez, Francisco Marmolejo, Erika Martinez, Erika Navarro, Leonardo Paxtian-Ramirez, MaKinZee Rhodes and Michell Valdivia, all of whom overcame tremendous obstacles — including homelessness, violence, and addiction — and worked very hard to get into BBCC and complete their educations.

All thanked BBCC and its staff for patience and never-ending encouragement that made it possible for them to succeed.

For the complete story, please visit the Columbia Basin Herald’s website HERE.

To view a photo album from the Transforming Lives Event, CLICK HERE.